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Happy Birthday to us!

June 5, 2014

Today is my birthday and my (step)sisters birthday! Say whaaat? Yup – we’re born on the same day, one year apart. Even better? We have the same name! Alysha & Alicia

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This will be the first year in 5 years we haven’t celebrated together! We’ll be celebrating from afar and then reunite in the summer for another celebration!

Also, it’ll be the first time in 5 years Adam and I haven’t been together for my birthday, however he gets home next week and we’re going away on a fun little vacation. 

I got an early birthday surprise this week with a sneak preview from our engagement photo shoot with my lovely friend Ainsley Rose Photography!


Adam left me a little card before he left to be opened on my birthday – I thought it was pretty funny that it was almost exactly like our engagement photo sneak peak!



Off to spend my birthday with Kindergarteners, and then dinner with the family!


Birthdays, Cakes, Dessert

Coconut Cloud Cake

April 23, 2014


This past weekend we celebrated Easter, along with two birthdays! My brother’s girlfriend and my mom’s birthday (which is actually today) – Happy Birthday Mother!


Every year I ask her what type of dessert/cake she wants for her birthday (past birthday cakes including carrot cake and a cheesecake) and this year it was the same as last year: a coconut cloud cake. However, unlike last years two-layer round cake I opted for a single layer slab cake. Slab cakes are easier to prepare and transport and good for feeding a crowd. Since we were having it at Easter dinner too, it needed to feed a crowd, or in our case our ever-expanding family.

Last year I made the coconut cloud cake using swiss meringue buttercream – this year I simplified things by first making the slab instead of the two layer, and instead of buttercream I simply used coconut cream for a 1-ingredent dairy-free frosting. The coconut cream is light and fluffy making it even more of a ‘cloud’ cake. I added a little bit of coconut extract for a deeper coconut taste then topped it with roasted coconut chips from Trader Joes. I used the coconut cake recipe from Butter Baked Goods cookbook – which is currently 50% off right now on Chapters Indigo! (I’ll have to add the recipe later, as I forgot to do it and now I’m posting this while I’m out and don’t have the cookbook with me! oops) 

I think this will start to be a tradition – coconut cloud cakes for birthdays. Growing up we had a traditional Italian St. Honore cake for birthdays – or ‘bon bon’ cake – the one with the layers of pastry, bavarian cream filling, whipped cream and cream puffs on top. It was always a special treat. Did you have any birthday traditions growing up?? any special cakes?? 


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